HOUS­ING POVERTY

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

It is ironic that we now hear and read about poverty from politi­cians in gov­ern­ment who sup­ported the poli­cies that cre­ated the poverty in the first place. The Na­tional gov­ern­ment along with their sup­port par­ties, still think that so­cial hous­ing should be hous­ing of the last re­sort, but they never ad­mit that there is not enough of it.

A key role for the state is to bal­ance mar­ket forces and pro­mote pub­lic well­be­ing.

All the ev­i­dence to date shows that more and more ten­ants are strug­gling to af­ford a place to call home. The pri­vate rental mar­ket is the driver of poverty in New Zealand.

It all points to one thing - we have to build more hous­ing that is af­ford­able and pro­vide se­cu­rity for ten­ants.

Oth­er­wise the legacy of the present gov­ern­ment will be that it did noth­ing but in­crease the alarm­ing num­bers of New Zealan­ders liv­ing in hous­ing poverty.

Kevin Reilly, Palmer­ston North

Photo: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Kyle Radley and Mad­die Fletcher spend the night sleep­ing in their car dur­ing the Sal­va­tion Army’s 14 hour Home­less in The Square.

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